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How to Beat Giovanni in Pokemon GO & Catch Shadow Latios – July 2022

Here’s how you can beat the Team GO Rocket Boss, Giovanni, during July and August 2022 in Pokemon GO! It’ll be tough but you’ll need to defeat him to get Shadow Latios!

The villainous Team GO Rocket are always up to mischief in Pokemon GO and, to make matters even worse, their boss Giovanni has a brand-new Shadow Pokemon!

As part of the Pokemon GO July Battle Weekend, Team GO Rocket changed which Pokemon it’ll be using to battle you. This also meant new Pokemon for all of the Team Leaders as well as the boss himself, Giovanni.

Pokemon GO Team Rocket Pokestop
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Once you have found Giovanni, you’ll need to know how to defeat him if you want to complete the new Field Notes: Team GO Rocket Research and catch Shadow Latios.

Here are the best counters for every Pokemon that Giovanni can use in Pokemon GO right now!

Although if you haven’t found Giovanni yet, you’ll need to defeat the Team GO Rocket Leaders and get a Super Rocket Radar! Here’s how to beat them:

How to Beat Team GO Rocket Boss Giovanni in Pokemon GO & Best Counters

Giovanni Pokemon 1: Persian & Best Counters

Pokemon GO Persian
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The first Pokemon that Giovanni always has is Persian. It is a Normal-type Pokemon so it is weak against Fighting-types. Here’s the Pokemon and their moves that you’ll want to use to counter it:

  • Lucario
    • Counter (Fast Move)
    • Aura Sphere (Charged Move)
  • Machamp
    • Counter (Fast Move)
    • Dynamic Punch (Charged Move)
  • Conkeldurr
    • Counter (Fast Move)
    • Focus Blast (Charged Move)
  • Hariyama
    • Counter (Fast Move)
    • Focus Blast (Charged Move)

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Giovanni Pokemon 2: Nidoking, Rhyperior, or Machamp & Best Counters

Next, Giovanni will use either Nidoking, Rhyperior, or Machamp. Here are the best counters for each of them.

Pokemon GO Nidoking
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Nidoking Counters:

  • Glaceon
    • Ice Shard (Fast Move)
    • Avalanche (Charged Move)
  • Galarian Darmanitan
    • Ice Fang (Fast Move)
    • Avalance (Charged Move)
  • Mewtwo
    • Psycho Cut (Fast Move)
    • Psychic (Charged Move)
  • Kyogre
    • Waterfall (Fast Move)
    • Surf (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Rhyperior
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Rhyperior Counters:

  • Torterra
    • Razor Leaf (Fast Move)
    • Frenzy Plant (Charged Move)
  • Swampert
    • Mud Shot (Fast Move)
    • Hydro Cannon (Charged Move)
  • Kyogre
    • Waterfall (Fast Move)
    • Surf (Charged Move)
  • Excadrill
    • Mud Shot (Fast Move)
    • Drill Run (Charged Move)
Pokemon GO Machamp
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Machamp Counters:

  • Mewtwo
    • Psycho Cut (Fast Move)
    • Psychic (Charged Move)
  • Togekiss
    • Charm (Fast Move)
    • Dazzling Gleam (Charged Move)
  • Sylveon
    • Charm (Fast Move)
    • Moonblast (Charged Move)
  • Gardevoir
    • Charm (Fast Move)
    • Synchronoise (Charged Move)

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Pokemon 3: Shadow Latios & Best Counters

Pokemon GO Latios
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Finally, the last Pokemon that Giovanni will send out to battle is Shadow Latios. These are the best Pokemon to counter this Shadow Pokemon:

  • Scizor
    • Fury Cutter (Fast Move)
    • X-Scissor (Charged Move)
  • Dialga
    • Dragon Breath (Fast Move)
    • Draco Meteor (Charged Move)
  • Gengar
    • Shadow Claw (Fast Move)
    • Shadow Ball (Charged Move)
  • Garchomp
    • Dragon Tail (Fast Move)
    • Outrage (Charged Move)

Read More: Every Legendary Pokemon & Ultra Beast in Pokemon GO

Good luck beating Giovanni in Pokemon GO and catching Shadow Latios. Using these counters, beating the boss should be a breeze!

Also, if you’re after rare Pokemon, make sure you know how to catch the new Ultra Beasts in Pokemon GO!

And for players who can’t get enough of battling, make sure to check out the Season of GO Battle League schedule!

Finally, a huge datamine has revealed over 50 new Pokemon coming to Pokemon GO! Let’s hope they arrive in-game very soon.

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